Coronavirus Advice


Living with Covid

Throughout the pandemic Acorn Education Trust’s priorities have been:

1. Schools and nurseries stay open and safe

2. Staff and students/children are happy and feel safe

3. Teachers are teaching and students/children are learning at school or at home

These priorities have not changed and we now aim to ‘build back better’.  The Government has recently set out the next stage of their Covid-19 response ‘Living with Covid-19.  Covid-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption of education with Acorn settings remains.

As we start Term 4, all current restrictions have been lifted and schools can resume all activities as usual.

Positive Covid Cases

The DFE guidance is clear that while there is no legal requirement for people with Covid to self-isolate, if you have any of the main symptoms of Covid or test positive, advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with people. 

The Public Health Team recommend the following:

  • If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19 (a recent onset of a new continuous cough; a high temperature; or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell) you should order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you wait for the test result.
  • If you test positive, you should continue to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. This includes not attending work.
  • If you can, you should let people who you have been in close contact with know about your positive test result.
  • Children and young people with Covid-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from five days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.
  • Those continuing to test positive after day 5 of self-isolation should continue to isolate until 10 full days (from symptoms/day of test) have been completed.
  • If you live with, or have stayed overnight in the household of, someone who has Covid-19, you are advised (for ten days after the day the person you live or stayed with first had symptoms, or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) to:

    • work from home if you are able to do so
    • avoid contact with anyone you know who is at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they are infected with Covid-19, especially those with a severely weakened immune system
    • limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly-ventilated spaces
    • wear a well-fitting face covering made with multiple layers or a surgical face mask in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces and where you are in close contact with other people

  • Children and young people who live with someone who has Covid-19 should continue to attend their education setting as normal.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support on these matters.